London s Heathrow Airport is the busiest international airport in the world, and has been for decades. Since it s opening in 1946 the world s airlines have beaten a path to its door and seventy years of operation has aroused feelings of appreciation from those who love it and feelings of derision from those who don t. Heathrow has seen the brightness of magnificent beginnings, the dark days of theft and delays, the dramas, the mundane everyday routine and probably everything in between. It has seen the arrival and departure of royalty, the rich, the famous and almost countless millions of ordinary passengers simply wanting to go somewhere or to get home safely; those who are the fuel that drive it. Now, as the airport reaches its 70th birthday, its position as the world s premier International hub are under the microscope as airports in Europe seek to attract traffic away from the UK. This book charts the history of the airport through the photographs of those who worked there, who still work there, those who use it, and those who are just enthusiastic about it."
Kevan James was born amongst the bombs and bullets of the EOKA terrorist campaign in Cyprus, where his Father, broadcaster Terry James, served with the British Forces Broadcasting Service. After many years working in transport and travel and with young people, Kevan is now a freelance writer and photographer, specializing in commercial aviation with a bit of sport and fashion thrown in, along with a healthy interest in politics.
Preamble; 1 Approaching; 2 Technicalities; 3 Beginning ...; 4 Centrality; 5 Boeing's Beast; 6 The Rocket; 7 Dead Man's Shoes 1; 8 Terminal 4; 9 Big Blue and White; 10 One Nigh, One Flash of Light; 11 Tearing Metal; 12 Dead Man's Shoes 2; 13 Sniffing the Atmosphere; 14 The Avenue and Other Places; 15 Protest; 16 Infrastructure 1-Control and Regulation; 17 Infrastructure 2-Terminals; 18 Infrastructure 3-Runways; 19 Domesticity and Connectivity; 20 BAA = HAL ... Acknowledging ...; 21 Smile; 22 Leaving; 23 Over and Out; Appendix-Key Facts and Figures.